Washington, D.C. is home to one of the most racially-imbalanced justice systems in the United States. Black people make up less than half the population in the city but more than 90 percent of people in our jails.
By reacting to one issue of public concern at a time, the District has enacted policies that perpetuate inequality and have their own criminogenic effects.
Instead, we take a comprehensive and forward-thinking approach to criminal justice. We merge community organizing and empirical research to design and advance imaginative, carefully-calibrated public safety solutions by and for people who are most directly impacted. The policies we recommend center the expressed interests and concerns of native Washingtonians.